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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

It was a few minutes before noon when the quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8, began to rumble across the densely populated Kathmandu Valley. The death toll is expected to grow, officials say.

 

A University of Florida fraternity has been suspended after reports that some of its members harassed wounded military veterans vacationing recently in Panama City Beach. Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has...

 

TAMPA -- Three schools, a day care facility and other busy buildings on an American Air Force base in Japan were evacuated last month following an Internet bomb threat authorities say was sent by a fo...

 

TAMPA -- George Johnson had had enough. Enough of the roller-coaster ride low-level prospects usually find themselves on if they're lucky enough to make it to the NFL in the first place. After all, he...

 

The Tennessee Titans are bad, and they're boring. That's a heck of an NFL exacta. Only fantasy geeks can name a half-dozen players on coach Ken Whisenhunt's forlorn roster, but the Titans have an oppo...

 

JACKSONVILLE - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had a message Saturday for Jacksonville University graduates: "Get a life." The 2012 Republican presidential nominee told the nearly 900...

 

Authorities asking for the public's help in locating a missing 81-year-old Lakeland man. Cleo David Marsh was last seen at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at his residence on Reynolds Road, the Polk County Sheri...

 

NEW YORK - Derek Hough is recovering from injuries that have him sitting out of performances at Radio City Music Hall and could sideline him on "Dancing with the Stars." The Emmy Award-winn...

 

RICHMOND, Va. - An associate dean of students at the University of Virginia said Wednesday a widely discredited Rolling Stone article caused her professional and personal harm by portraying her as i...

 

Three people were rescued from a troubled boat early Saturday near Gandy Bridge, authorities said. According to Tampa Fire Rescue, emergency personnel were called to the bridge for an open-water rescu...

 
 

News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

When Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call prompted by a resident's beeping carbon monoxide detector, paramedics found an unconscious man inside a townhome and a car running in the garag...

 

This city is getting tough on lawn-mowing slackers. It will no longer tolerate 2-foot tall grass.

 

NFL fullback Brian Piccolo, whose early death from cancer was the subject of the tear-jerker TV movie Brian's Song, first made his name as a Fort Lauderdale football star.

 

Alan Cohen, former top boss in Sunrise, has landed a new job with Broward County .

 

The location has been changed for a community meeting for District 3 generally the areas of Westwood, Spring Lake Village and Kings Point.

 

With just one week left in the legislative session, these bills appear to be dead: Guns in schools and on college campuses, allowing adoption agencies the right to turn away gay couples, limiting whic...

 

A robber wearing a hooded knee-length raincoat held up a bank on Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach late Friday morning.

 

An up-the-skirt shoplifter struck at a Weston Radio Shack and sauntered away with more than $1,000 worth of electronics stuffed under her floral frock, authorities say.

 

Got a battery-operated SunPass? If you haven't replaced it already, your time to do so is running out.

 

Two visitors from Ohio who were walking near the beach in Fort Lauderdale were seriously injured after being struck by a car Thursday night.

 
 

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